Friday, 22 May 2009

London-Paris Bike Ride

Richard is cycling from London to Paris, starting on 9th September 2009, to raise funds for us and to increase awareness of organ donation!! Richard tells us that he signed up on a bit of a whim through one of our fundraising parter sites, Do It for Charity where you can undertake loads of adventures for us such as sky-diving, trekking and bike challenges.

We are always amazed at the transformation that transplants can bring and Richard is no exception, as thanks to a generous gift of a kidney and a pancreas from a stranger he went from the exhaustion of a dialysis regime to being able to ride 300 miles to Paris!

Richard says: "My life has been transformed by this and my whole family have been able to witness this wonderful chance I have been given...If it hadn't been for the actions of a young man signing onto the register my life would not be as it is now"

The daunting-looking itinery is as follows:-

Day 1: London - Dover - Calais
Depart from Croydon early in the morning and head SE via Tonbridge and through Kent to Dover to catch the ferry to Calais.

Day2:Calais - Arras.
The route travels through the French countryside starting off fairly flat but getting more undulating as the riders head South to Arras.

Day 3:Arras - Compiegne.
The riders travel through more quiet French villages and small towns towards the more forested region around Compiegne, which lies on the banks of the river Oise.

Day 4:Compiegne - Paris.
Travel SW through small villages and woodland to the outskirts of Paris. The traffic will get busier but we cycle through the Parisian streets, around the Arc de Triumph to the finish point directly beneath the Eiffel Tower.

Day 5:Paris - London.
A free day to explore Paris before taking the evening Eurostar back to London.

Richard has started his training and although he has been getting fitter he has a long way to go yet, so if you want to show him some support you can join the facebook group or send some pennies his way via his fundraising page!

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